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Make or break. Mothers' experiences of returning to paid employment and breastfeeding: a New Zealand study.
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PMID:  18767234     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When mothers return to paid employment, which more and more are doing, they often give up breastfeeding. This qualitative study aims to describe New Zealand mothers' experiences of returning to paid employment and infant feeding. Thirty-four mothers who had given birth between 2003 and 205 were interviewed regarding their experiences and decisions about returning to paid employment following the birth of their child. The presence or absence of the factors of space, time, and support emerged as key factors in the mothers' perception of their ability to continue to breastfeed on their return to paid employment. Employers need to make changes to the workplace environment to encourage and support breastfeeding. But societal attitudes also need to change to become more supportive and positive of breastfeeding workers.
Deborah Payne; Louise James
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Breastfeeding review : professional publication of the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0729-2759     ISO Abbreviation:  Breastfeed Rev     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-26     Completed Date:  2008-09-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9616903     Medline TA:  Breastfeed Rev     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  21-7     Citation Subset:  K    
Centre for Midwifery & Women's Health Research, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, AUT University, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1020, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Breast Feeding / epidemiology*,  psychology*
Decision Making
Employment / economics,  psychology
New Zealand
Social Support*
Time Factors
Women, Working / psychology*

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